PESO 2019 - 116-119 - GDG
godfreydigiorgi at me.com
Sat Oct 26 09:57:11 EDT 2019
Thank you all for the comments!
In case you want to see the cycle route, here's a detail map created by the Garmin Edge 25:
> On Oct 25, 2019, at 12:23 PM, Bob Pdml <pdmlbw at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nice set. That small empty road looks nice! I don't understand the Caltrain thing - are those bikes in a train carriage?
Yes: CalTrain usually includes at least one bicycle carriage per train, sometimes more. The carriages are two level, the first level is for bicycle parking and the second level for seating with an open space so you can see your bike parked below.
> I may have asked this before, what do you carry the camera in?
Most of the time, and with most cameras, I use a Wotancraft Mini Rider sling bag:
This is an extremely nicely made and very convenient sling bag. I had them make customized straps (FoC) so that it sits perfectly across my back and when the secondary strap is hooked, it positively, absolutely cannot move around as I ride. Yet, unhook one fastener and it can flip around to my chest where I can get things in and out of very quickly. It holds much more than it looks like it ought to as well.
Lately, with cooler weather coming on, I've needed space to carry spare over-jersey, sometimes long cycle pants as well as shorts too. I have the larger model Wotancraft sling bag that would do that easily, but I find it a bit over-much unless I'm also carrying a good bit of other stuff. I recently found this bag, the Vitesse Musette by Waterfield Design:
It's an extremely simple design … and it just works superbly for a huge range of uses. On the bike, I've carried it with a bunch of different gear and other stuff in it. It lays flat on the small of my back and also positively does not move around, at all. And it's very versatile due to it being just a simple bag without a bazillion little pockets, zippers, and other stuff. When I put a camera in it, I usually use a wrap or padded pouch to help protect it that doesn't take up so much space. Beautifully made of very good materials here in SF, utter simplicity itself. I find myself using it a lot of the time now.
I tried putting bags and such on the bike and offloading the gear into that, but I found I don't really like doing that much. It changes the bike's handling and I fear for all the vibration and shock it delivers to the camera and lenses.
> The calories thing is great. I went cycling for a long weekend in Norfolk in August with a friend and when I told her how many calories we were burning she didn't believe me, but was thrilled when she eventually was persuaded.
I track my route and heart rate, and the gizmo calculates calories which I enter into the MyFitnessPal app with all my food and drink. It works well for me, and I'm enjoying better health and fitness than I had for years. :)
>> On 25 Oct 2019, at 13:41, Godfrey DiGiorgi <godfreydigiorgi at me.com> wrote:
>> Got the numbering on these a little out of order but eh? doesn't really matter.
>> I took a nice cycle ride on Wednesday... Hopped the train with the Fatboy Comp Carbon here in Santa Clara and exitted in Redwood City.
>> I met a friend there for lunch. Afterwards, I let Google Maps guide me back down the Peninsula towards Mountain View. I had it set to cycling and it took me through a marvelously twisty and fun route that I'd never have dreamed up myself. I stopped several times to make a photo when the light and the scene moved me.
>> First, at the edge of Menlo Park and Palo Alto, there was this giraffe:
>> After that, I crossed over the US 101 highway complex at the Arastradero maze using the very long pedestrian bridge there and headed out on the Bay Trail. It was a lovely day out and the trail was completely empty when I was there, the first time that's happened on the rides I've taken there.
>> This trail goes way out onto the edge of SF Bay, and can take you onto dirt around east of Moffet Field, but I didn't want to go that way. Hopping back over US 101 via another pedestrian bridge, and then wiggling through one neighborhood after another, I found myself right back at one of my favorite cafe's in downtown Mountain View, Dana Street Roasting Company. These chairs begged to be photographed, the light was stunning in rich contrasts.
>> From there to home is a (mostly boring) pretty straight shot down Evelyn and onto Monroe, about 8 miles or so long. I didn't stop again to make any photos in that section, I just pounded pedals and flew as it is slightly downhill most of the way… :)
>> All told, it was 27 miles on that run at 11.8 mph average speed. I pummeled down 1400 calories of pedaling... It was great! All photos made with the Leica CL fitted with Voigtländer 10mm f/5.6.
>> onwards, always onwards!
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